Guest post by Jess’s friend Amber
This year was the third annual running of the full marathon. There is also a half marathon and 5k option if you have family/pals eager to support you and run a bit, but not eager to join your grueling 26.2 mile slog through the South Dakota countryside. There were 263 marathon finishers and a reported 2,200 total runners in all three events – a select and special group.
Though I did not consult Merriam Webster for a definition on race expos, I wouldn’t actually call this an expo. Rather, it was a few tables manned by friendly volunteers.
There weren’t any frills, but all of the essentials were there: pins, course maps and nice technical t-shirts. It was truly a no hassle expo. There was plenty of GU at the expo and also at the bag drop the next morning.
Bag drop was again just a couple of tables with friendly volunteers and lots of free GU.
The usual post-race fare of bagels, bananas, etc. was also on hand. The only thing missing was beer. L What can I say? I was raised in Wisconsin, we’re always on to the hunt for beer!